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Monday, June 19, 2017
By Tanner Built Homes, LLC
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You are now the proud owner of a brand new home.  You no longer have a landlord taking your money, which also means you no longer have someone to call when your home has an issue.  There are certain items we feel every new home owner should have.  From a grown up tool box to a hand-held vacuum, this list is a must read if you just purchased your first home.

 

 

An adult tool box:  Hanging curtains, putting together furniture, hanging mirrors, photos, and artwork, all require a good set of tools.  Now is time to invest in heavy duty tools.  A drill, various sized nails, screws, screw drivers, a stud finder, picture hanging tools, and a level are all good items to keep in your tool box.

 

 

A hand held vacuum:  When you hang curtains in your new home you will have to use a drill to hang the rods, this can be a very messy task. Having a smaller hand held vacuum will make clean up faster, and a smaller vacuum is easier to carry up and down the stairs!

 

 

Touch up paint:  There is going to be some chipped paint or scuff marks on the wall when you move into a new home.  No matter how careful you are, those dreaded black marks are inevitable.  Already having the paint color to match your walls will save you time and energy.  The same goes for your kitchen cabinets.  Having a touch up kit to fill in scratches will help keep your home looking brand new.  We leave you both of these things when you move into one of our new homes!

 

 

Extension cords:  Trust us you will want to invest in one or two of these!  A lamp that needs to be plugged in across the room, stairs that need to be vacuumed, trying to vacuum out your car, you will need an extension cord to help complete these tasks!

 

 

Hose:  A hose is one of those items that can easily be overlooked by many homeowners. From keeping your lawn watered to cleaning off your driveway, a hose is an important item to have at your new home.

 

 

A Ladder:  When you are hanging pictures or trying to unpack and organize the top shelf of your new pantry, having a ladder close by will be very convenient.  Even having a step stool will be beneficial.

 

 
Friday, June 02, 2017
By Tanner Built Homes, LLC
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Building your new home is extremely exciting, especially when you understand the process.

 

To help you understand your new home's construction, this article outlines the typical steps taken when building your home.

1. Prepare site and pour foundation:

Often, site preparation and foundation work are performed by the same crew, but this may not be the case with a wooded lot. Using a backhoe and a bulldozer, the crew clears the site of rocks, debris and trees for the house and, if applicable, the septic system. The crew levels the site, puts up wooden forms to serve as a template for the foundation and digs the holes and trenches. Footings (structures where the house interfaces with the earth that supports it) are installed. If your home is going to have a well, it will be dug at this point.

If the home has a full basement, the hole is dug, the footings are formed and poured, and the foundation walls are formed and poured. If it’s slab-on-grade, the footings are dug, formed and poured; the area between them is leveled and fitted with utility runs (e.g. plumbing drains and electrical chases); and the slab is poured.

Once concrete is poured into the holes and trenches, it will need time to cure. During this period, there will be no activity on the construction site.

After the concrete is cured, the crew applies a waterproofing membrane to the foundation walls; installs drains, sewer and water taps and any plumbing that needs to go into the first-floor slab or basement floor; and backfills excavated dirt into the hole around the foundation wall. 

INSPECTION #1: When the curing process is complete, a city inspector visits the site to make sure foundation components are up to code and installed properly. This inspection may be repeated depending on the type of foundation (slab, crawl space or basement). After passing of inspection, the forms will be removed and Step 2, the framing phase begins.


Complete rough framing:  

The floor systems, walls and roof systems are completed during this phase of construction.  Oriented strand board (OSB) sheathing is applied to the exterior walls and roof .  Windows and doors are installed.  The sheathing is then covered with a protective barrier known as house wrap. House wrap prevents liquid from infiltrating the structure, while allowing water vapor to escape.  This reduces the likelihood of mold and rot. 


3. Complete rough plumbing, electrical and HVAC: Once the shell is finished, siding and roofing can be installed. At the same time, the electrical and plumbing contractors start running pipes and wires through the interior walls, ceilings and floors. Sewer lines and vents, as well as water supply lines for each fixture, are installed. Bathtubs and one-piece shower/tub units are put in place at this point because there’s more room to maneuver large, heavy objects.

Ductwork is installed for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, and possibly the furnace. HVAC vent pipes are installed through the roof and insulation is installed in the floors, walls and ceilings.

After the roofing goes on, the house is considered “dried in.” An electrician then installs receptacles for outlets, lights and switches and runs wires from the breaker panel to each receptacle. Wiring for telephones, cable TV and music systems is included in this work.

Note that HVAC ducts and plumbing are usually installed before wiring, because it’s easier to run wires around pipes and ducts than vice versa.

INSPECTIONS 2, 3 and 4: Rough framing, plumbing and electrical and mechanical systems are inspected for compliance with building codes. Most likely these will be three different inspections. At the very least, the framing inspection will be conducted separately from the electrical/mechanical inspections.

At this stage, drywall (also known as plasterboard, wallboard or gypsum board) is delivered to the building site.


4. Install insulation: Insulation plays a key role in creating a more comfortable, consistent indoor climate while significantly improving a home’s energy efficiency. One of the most important qualities of insulation is its thermal performance or R-value, which indicates how well the material resists heat transfer. Most homes are insulated in all exterior walls, as well as the attic and any floors that are located above unfinished basements or crawl spaces.

The most common types of insulation used in new homes are fiberglass, cellulose and foam. Depending on the region and climate, your builder may also use mineral wool (otherwise known as rock wool or slag wool); concrete blocks; foam board or rigid foam; insulating concrete forms (ICFs); sprayed foam; and structural insulated panels (SIPs).

Blanket insulation, which comes in batts or rolls, is typical in new-home construction. So is loose-fill and blown-in insulation, which is made of fiberglass, cellulose or mineral-wool particles. Another insulation option, liquid foam, can be sprayed, foamed-in-place, injected or poured. While it costs more than traditional batt insulation, liquid foam has twice the R-value per inch and can fill the smallest cavities, creating an effective air barrier.

Fiberglass and mineral-wool batts and rolls are usually installed in side walls, attics, floors, crawl spaces, cathedral ceilings and basements. Manufacturers often attach a facing such as kraft paper or foil-kraft paper to act as a vapor barrier and/or air barrier. In areas where the insulation will be left exposed, such as basement walls, the batts sometimes have a special flame-resistant facing.


5. Complete drywall and interior textures; start exterior finishes: Drywall is hung and taped so the seams between the boards aren’t visible, and drywall texturing (if applicable) is completed. The primer coat of paint is also applied after taping is complete. Contractors begin installing exterior finishes such as brick, stucco, stone and siding.


6. Finish interior trim; install exterior driveways and walkways: 

Interior doors, baseboards, door casings, window sills, moldings, stair balusters and other decorative trim are installed, along with cabinets, vanities and fireplace mantels and surrounds. Walls get a finish coat of paint and are wallpapered where applicable.

Generally, exterior driveways, walkways and patios are formed at this stage. Many builders prefer to wait until the end of the project before pouring the driveway because heavy equipment (such as a drywall delivery truck) can damage concrete. But some builders pour the driveway as soon as the foundation is completed so that when homeowners visit the construction site, they won’t get their shoes muddy.


7. Install hard-surface flooring and countertops; complete exterior grading: 

Ceramic tile, vinyl and wood flooring are installed as well as countertops. Exterior finish grading is completed to ensure proper drainage away from the home and prepare the yard for landscaping.


8. Finish mechanical trims; install bathroom fixtures: 

Light fixtures, outlets and switches are installed and the electrical panel is completed. HVAC equipment is installed and registers completed. Sinks, toilets and faucets are put in place. 


9. Install mirrors, shower doors and finish flooring; finish exterior landscaping: Mirrors, shower doors and carpeting are installed and final cleanup takes place. Trees, shrubs and grass are planted and other exterior landscaping is completed.

INSPECTION #5: A building-code official completes a final inspection and issues a certificate of occupancy. If any defects are found during this inspection, a follow-up inspection may be scheduled to ensure that they’ve been corrected.


10. Final walkthrough: 

Your builder will walk you through your new home to acquaint you with its features and the operation of various systems and components and explain your responsibilities for maintenance and upkeep, as well as warranty coverage and procedures. This is often referred to as a pre-settlement walkthrough. It’s also an opportunity to spot items that need to be corrected or adjusted, so be attentive and observant. Examine the surfaces of countertops, fixtures, floors and walls for possible damage. Sometimes disputes arise because the homeowner discovers a gouge in a countertop after move-in and there’s no way to prove whether it was caused by the builder’s crew or the homeowner’s movers.


Check out our other blog posts for more useful information.

 
Thursday, May 11, 2017
By Tanner Built Homes, LLC
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When we daydream or even plan to build a home, we rarely do so with resale values in mind. Building a new home is one of the few times in our lives where we can think about our own likes and dislikes, our own style and personal taste. The last thing we want to imagine in our new yard is a “For Sale” sign. But, even if you plan to live in your home forever, as most homebuilders do, it never hurts to make your home more marketable. And right now, privacy brings a premium.

 

Today, a privacy fence is less about keeping out the neighbors than it is about creating a consistent home experience that doesn’t change every time the neighbors do. And even more important, privacy fences are becoming less of an amenity and more of an expectation.

 

In today’s market, a privacy fence may not add tremendous value to your home’s selling price. But not having a fence may discourage potentially interested buyers and force you to sell your home at a lower price, so in that sense, it does add value. Parents, pet owners, and anyone who puts a premium on privacy place a lot of perceived value on visible boundaries. It doesn’t mean we generally dislike our neighbors. It just means we want the option as to whether they see and hear everything we do outside.

 

 


 
Thursday, April 20, 2017
By Tanner Built Homes, LLC
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While grilling and barbecuing serve as great ways to spend quality time with family and friends during the spring and summer months, many risks are presented that homeowners should be aware of in order to prevent adverse situations.  

Each year an average of 8,900 home fires are caused by grilling, and close to half of all injuries involving grills are due to thermal burns. While nearly half of the people who grill do it year-round, July is the peak month for grill fires followed by May, June and August.  

 

Here are some helpful tips in preventing grill disasters:

 

  • Keep the grill or BBQ located 10 feet away from the house and three feet away from flammable objects.

 

  • Inspect the grill prior to utilizing it. What builds up during the off-season (bugs, leaves, leftover food residue) is a leading cause of grill fires, and therefore, should be cleaned thoroughly before use.

 

  • Habitually check for leaks and breaks in the gas hose.

 

  • Be aware that gas grills are six times more likely to initiate a fire than charcoal grills.

 

  • Refrain from adding lighter fuel and other flammable liquids to a warm or burning grill.

 

  • MOST IMPORTANTLY: Do not leave a grill or barbecue unattended!

 

Stay safe this grilling season!!

 

 
Saturday, April 08, 2017
By Tanner Built Homes, LLC
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Spring is in the air! Don't let a musty house spoil it. Here are seven tips for giving the season the welcome it deserves.


1)      The best refrigerator cleaner is a combination of salt and soda water. The bubbling action of the soda water combines with the abrasive texture of the salt to make a great cleaner.


2)      The best way to get rid of lime buildup around the faucet it is to lay paper towels over the fixture, soak it with vinegar and let it set for an hour. The deposits will soften and become easier to remove.


3)      Clean screens with a scrap of carpeting. It makes a powerful brush that removes all the dirt.

 

 


4)      The best way to clean your windows is with a rag and soapy water.   Then dry them with another rag. You can also go to an auto-parts store and buy a windshield squeegee, which cleans very well.

 


5)      If drapes are looking drab, take them out of the window, remove the hooks and run them through the air-fluff cycle in the dryer along with a wet towel for 15 minutes. This will draw the dust off and turn your drapes from drab to fab.  


6)      Clean the blades of a ceiling fan using an old pillowcase.  Slide the pillowcase over a fan's blade then pull the fabric back, this keeps all the dust and dirt contained.


7)      Sometimes comforters, blankets and pillows don't need to be cleaned, but they do need to be aired out after a long winter in your closed-up home. Take them outside and hang them on a clothesline for a day.


Happy Spring!

 

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